Clean water for God's thirsty children
WWB & UPS: Partners Providing Clean Water
Our Honduran Country Team prepares to distribute filters and buckets and begin training new Water Women.
Because of the mud left in the wake of the hurricanes, we needed help from local workers to clear a path for the new Water Women to enter the training facility.
It took your gifts, the extraordinary efforts of the UPS workers, and the dedication of our Country Team, but this is what makes everything worthwhile: a new Water Woman can filter clean water for her own little boy and for three other families.
Overcoming Obstacles and Clearing Customs to Help Hurricane-Devastated Honduras

Although using the Sawyer PointONE filter to purify unhealthy water is a very simple process, getting the equipment into another country and into the hands of a new Water Woman can sometimes be a little more difficult.
 
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, it can become nearly impossible. Airports could be closed. Customs services may be shut down. The people who receive and deliver shipments might not be able to get to work. In Honduras, after the catastrophe of two hurricanes in the span of a few weeks, all of those things happened.
 
But thanks to The UPS Foundation, and the experts who make UPS deliveries happen on time, every day, all around the world, thousands of filters are making their way into the hardest hit areas of Honduras. And clean water is being delivered to God’s thirsty children.

“We heard from many organizations that there was a great need for clean water,” said Alice Turner, the Foundation’s Supervisor for UPS’s Humanitarian Relief and Resilience Program. “We have employees in Honduras, and were hearing the same thing from them. We received an email from Sr. Larraine saying she had filters and needed help shipping them. We looked up Water With Blessings and decided we could help.”
The first part of the help was in the form of a large shipment of filters, the cost underwritten completely by The UPS Foundation. The second part was clearing the hurdles created by the impact of the hurricanes.
 
“The reality of shipping is that there are complex clearances and scrutiny that you have to face,” said Gary Carle, Global Customer Program Manager for UPS Healthcare. “We worked closely with Sr. Larraine and her staff, along with the vendor of the filters, to get the paperwork correct on both ends and have the customs duty waivers go through as quickly as possible. It worked out really well.”

For the rest of this story of a great partnership, please follow the link below...
We’re moving forward in our goal to train and equip 5,000 new Water Women in some of the hardest-hit areas of Honduras. Please consider joining the effort.
Whether an international corporation like UPS, or another generous individual like you, our Community for Mission continues to grow larger every week.

And because of our generous, committed Community, this little girl is one of thousands of children now drinking clean water in Honduras, despite the destruction of the two recent hurricanes.

Also, Food For The Poor has contributed more than $43,000 for training expenses; just one more example of the power of partnership. (We will bring you more details about that soon.)

Every week, whether in Honduras, or in Haiti, or in dozens of other countries around the world, new Water Women receive the equipment and training to provide clean water to their own and three other families.

But this only happens because of generous people like you. For an investment of only $75, 20 people or more will be free of water-borne parasites and illnesses.

Thank you for investing in Water With Blessings.
A reminder: The Kroger Community Rewards Program is an easy way to equip and train new Water Women

If you haven’t done so already, please consider designating Water With Blessings as your beneficiary in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. As we said last week, shoppers have underwritten at least one new Water Woman over the past few months. We would love to see that number increase over the course of 2021.

It's easy. Here's what you need to do: 

  • Open: https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards
  • If you don’t have an account, grab your Kroger Plus card (you’ll need the barcode to register your Digital Kroger account), click “Create an Account;” 
  • If you have an Digital Kroger account, click “Sign in;” click “Community Rewards” option under My Account; then click on “Enroll Now” under the Kroger Community Rewards Page
  • Search for Water With Blessings either by name or PT288, and click “Enroll”
  • Once setup is complete, you’ll see Water With Blessings on your account summary page beneath “Community Rewards”

Thank you in advance for making Water With Blessings you shopping partner.
Thank you for spreading the good news.

Once again, we had more people subscribe to our newsletter last week. We welcome these new members of the Water With Blessings community for mission, some of whom have already helped underwrite the costs of training and equipping new Water Women.

We thank you once again for sending this newsletter to your family and friends and building our Community for Mission.

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We'll be sure to send you information on seeing where your Water Women live
and the impact your gift is making.
Mike Fitzgerald on one of his first mission trips to Honduras
Why I Support
Water With Blessings
Mike Fitzgerald
Founding Board Member

Within a short period of time around 2010, Mike Fitzgerald retired from a career in advertising and became a widower. Encouraged by some of his friends, including Sr. Larraine Lauter, he went to Honduras on a medical mission trip sponsored by First Methodist Church of Frankfort, Kentucky. Sr. Larraine was also part of the group, providing translations for the nurses, doctors, dentists, and other professionals.

One of the things everyone noticed was that many of the people were being treated for diseases caused by drinking dirty water. Coming back year after year, they had seen the same people sick in the same way. It was obvious that prevention would be better than treating the diseases over and over again.

“We looked for a solution and came up with the filter,” Mike said. “The year after we started giving out the filters we saw the results. Children who had had distended bellies now had flat bellies. The clean water had made them healthier. Other diseases had stopped. That’s when we started Water With Blessings. And I knew I couldn’t not be involved.”

Mike became a founding Board Member of Water With Blessings. He’s been an integral member of the team that has helped increase the number of Water Women from the original 10, to more than 100,000 around the world. He believes the Water With Blessings system, not just the filters, makes the difference.

“The success depends on mothers caring and providing for their children to make it work,” he said. “Also, it addresses the basic need of nutrition: clean water, which I believe is a human right. Nothing is more important to sustain.

“But the biggest thing is that the approach works, it’s efficient. It benefits children and those most in need. It’s an important part of saving lives. The good it can do is only limited by how many donations come in. With enough money, we could truly eliminate the lack of clean water.”
On This Week’s Coffee Chat, We Hear From
Our Partners At UPS, And Receive Another Update From Honduras
This week on Coffee Chat, we will be joined by Gary Carle, Global Customer Program Manager for UPS Healthcare. He will tell us more about the how UPS was able to fast-track the shipments of Sawyer PointONE Filters and other equipment to Honduras and into the hands of new Water Women.

Also, we’ll receive an update from our people on the ground in Honduras. They’re still digging out from the devastation of the back-to-back hurricanes. But because of their dedication, clean water is flowing to those who need it most.

So grab a cup of your favorite (daytime) beverage, and please join us this coming Friday, January 29, at Noon Eastern Time. Along with prayer, fellowship, and a few laughs along the way, we always promise inspiration. This time it’s a guarantee.
The Honduran people have been hit hard, and there is a long road to recovery ahead. But like this young man, helping clear the way for our Country Team, they havent stopped rebuilding their future.
Training completed, buckets and filters in hand, new Water Women are ready to go to work.
Calling Our Crafters: In Memory of Judy Mitchell, Please Help Us Cover Those Filters

As we mentioned last week, Judy Mitchell, the ‘Patron Saint’ of filter socks passed away recently. To honor her memory, we are encouraging our crafters to help us restock our supply. With the tremendous response to our pleas for help, our supply continues to shrink. And with our success around the world, and the extremely urgent need in Honduras and Haiti, we need more now.

The Water Women love these colorful covers, and we have always appreciated the creativity of our Water With Blessings crafting community. To find out how to help, please click on the button below. Thank you again for your help.
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